Cat UTIs Wont Stop!

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian blogger for Pets Best Insurance.

Hi. My name is Dr. Marc and I’m filming for Pets Bets Insurance, answering some Facebook questions for you guys at Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Boise, Idaho.

This question comes from Emily.  She says that she has four neutered cats and two years ago three of them started getting recurring urinary tract infections, ranging from moderate to severe.  Some of them even included getting treatment such as months of antibiotics, and they even did a PU surgery, which essentially turns a male cat into a female cat to help avoid getting obstructed.  All the cats are on prescription food.  They drink from a fresh fountain.  They take glucosamine to prevent inflammation of the bladder.  And they use phenolate to reduce stress.  She scoops their litter boxes daily.  Her question is, “Can a UTI be viral?  What are the odds of three to four cats getting UTIs within such a close period of time?  And why are they so recurrent?”

Emily, that sounds like a really frustrating situation, but I commend you on what you’ve done so far.  That’s a really great job as far as medications.  I think it’s important for you to know that as many as 50% of cats cannot actually be diagnosed as far as what’s causing these problems.  We do know that there is a neuro-hormone that goes on in those little kitty brains that can actually cause stress related lower urinary tract disease.  And for this reason, I might pursue that a little bit more aggressively.  So we recommend having, at least, one litter box per cat plus one more.  So for you that would be five litter boxes.  Keeping those clean.   We can look at the environment of these cats.  Is there something that’s causing stress that’s leading to these diseases?  A behavioralist can oftentimes come in and kind of look at the interactions and maybe make some recommendations.  And also seeing your veterinarian is important, too, because sometimes even anti-anxiety medications can benefit.  Especially with such an extreme case of these problems for years for you.  Viral problems is not something I can diagnose, unfortunately.  It doesn’t mean they don’t exist, but it is just not something we can pursue at this point in time.  I hope that helps, Emily.

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5 Reasons Your Indoor Cat Needs Pet Insurance

By: Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best Insurance. Dr. Stephens is the veterinarian who launched pet insurance in the U.S. over 30 years ago.
A Kitten plays with colorful yarn.
Many people don’t think cats have as many medical problems as dogs, especially if they live indoors. Because of this misconception, people tend to get pet health insurance for their outdoor cats and dogs, but not for indoor cats.

Indoor cats still incur serious and expensive cat health care problems.

5 Reasons You Need Pet Insurance For Your Indoor Cat

1. Cats are good at hiding symptoms: Cats are more sedentary by nature, which mean that cat owners are not as likely to notice symptoms their kitties might be displaying.

2. Indoor cats are still at risk: Common health problems for all cats include- cystitis, digestive upsets, cancer, diabetes, thyroid disease, leukemia, kidney failure and even heart disease. Thousands of medical conditions can occur in indoor cats.

3. The cost of treating cats is just as expensive as other animals: Cats tend to have fewer veterinary visits overall, but when they do have an illness or injury, the veterinarian costs can still be in the hundreds to thousands.Read More…

Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week

Sad dog chained up.Highly rated pet insurance company, Pets Best Insurance shares information on all matters related to dog and cat well being.

February 7th-14th is Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week which was organized by the Dogs Deserve Better organization.

Why Constantly Chaining Hurts Dogs

According to the Humane Society of the United States:

∙200,000 dogs live a life constantly chained or tethered outdoors.

∙As pack animals, dogs have been bred for thousands of years to form a strong attachment to a human family. An otherwise friendly and happy dog, when kept continually chained and isolated, often becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious, and aggressive.Read More…

Dog Itches Ears Until Bloody, Has Goopy Eyes

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and guest blogger for the highly rated pet insurance company, Pets Best Insurance.

Hi. My name is Dr. Marc and I’m filming for Pets Best, answering some Facebook questions for you guys at the Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Boise, Idaho.

This question comes from Jessica. Jessica says that her dog gets eye boogers and has a bit of blood in his ears from itching. “My vet says he has allergies, and I clean his eyes and ears just like the vet told me to, but is there anything else I can do to help, like eye or ear drops? Thanks.”Read More…

What is Cherry Eye and Is There a Quick Fix?

Bulldogs are prone to cherry eye.Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian guest blogger for the highly rated pet insurance company, Pets Best Insurance.

On the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page, Justin asked about cherry eye and if there’s a quick way to treat it. Great question Justin, cherry eye can be a common condition in dogs so I’ll go over the basics and how it’s treated.

What is Cherry Eye?

Dogs have an opaque third eyelid with a tear gland, which usually can’t be seen. When there is defect in the tissue of the third eyelid, the tear gland prolapses (bulges).

What Does Cherry Eye Look Like?

It looks like a fleshy red mass in the corner of the eye. It can be in one eye or both.

Do you Need to Treat Cherry Eye?

Treatment is needed to prevent the tissue from drying out, and to prevent future problems with ‘dry eye’ which could require daily artificial tears for your dog.

How Do You Treat Cherry Eye? Is There a Quick Way to Help Cherry Eye?Read More…

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